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2012100820121009 (WS)

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

2012101520121016 (WS)

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

20121015

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr.

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

20121015

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr.

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

20121015

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

20121029

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new...

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new book Winter Journal.

2012102920121030 (WS)

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new...

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new book Winter Journal.

2012102920121030 (WS)

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new...

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new book Winter Journal.

2012102920121030 (WS)

In London, Razia Iqbal talks to American author Paul Auster about his work, and his new...

20130513
20130513

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

20130520

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

20130520

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentrating on their literary life story.

Razia Iqbal talks to well-known authors, looking at what drives their work and concentr...

Adhaf Soueif20170707

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

George Alagiah meets renowned writer and political commentator Adhaf Soueif at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. Her latest book, This is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature, is an anthology celebrating the 10th anniversary of her own extraordinary literary festival. Her non-fiction also includes Cairo: A City Transformed, a passionate and gripping account of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, which she experienced first-hand. In 1999 Adhaf Soueif became the first Muslim woman to be nominated for the Booker Prize for her novel The Map of Love.

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

"We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story."

Adhaf Soueif20170707

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

George Alagiah meets renowned writer and political commentator Adhaf Soueif at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. Her latest book, This is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature, is an anthology celebrating the 10th anniversary of her own extraordinary literary festival. Her non-fiction also includes Cairo: A City Transformed, a passionate and gripping account of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, which she experienced first-hand. In 1999 Adhaf Soueif became the first Muslim woman to be nominated for the Booker Prize for her novel The Map of Love.

Caryl Phillips20111107

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

This week on Talking Books Razia Iqbal's guest is the playwright, essayist and novelist Caryl Phillips.

Born in the Caribbean, he grew up as an immigrant in the UK.

After university he left the UK and has spent many years in the United States.

Distance and isolation form the themes of many of his non-fiction and novels, which often feature outsiders.

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

Caryl Phillips20111107

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

This week on Talking Books Razia Iqbal's guest is the playwright, essayist and novelist Caryl Phillips.

Born in the Caribbean, he grew up as an immigrant in the UK.

After university he left the UK and has spent many years in the United States.

Distance and isolation form the themes of many of his non-fiction and novels, which often feature outsiders.

Caryl Phillips20111107

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

This week on Talking Books Razia Iqbal's guest is the playwright, essayist and novelist Caryl Phillips.

Born in the Caribbean, he grew up as an immigrant in the UK.

After university he left the UK and has spent many years in the United States.

Distance and isolation form the themes of many of his non-fiction and novels, which often feature outsiders.

Caryl Phillips20111108

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

Caryl Phillips20111108

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

Caryl Phillips20111108

Razia Iqbal asks him how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

Elizabeth Strout20170728

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

The Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout, is in conversation with George Alagiah at Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

Her new title Anything is Possible takes the form of linked short stories which tell the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

Elizabeth Strout is noted for the profound wisdom she brings to her nuanced depictions of human relationships.

(Photo: Author Elizabeth Strout attends the Olive Kitteridge New York Premiere, 2014. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Elizabeth Strout20170728

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

The Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout, is in conversation with George Alagiah at Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

Her new title Anything is Possible takes the form of linked short stories which tell the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

Elizabeth Strout is noted for the profound wisdom she brings to her nuanced depictions of human relationships.

(Photo: Author Elizabeth Strout attends the Olive Kitteridge New York Premiere, 2014. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Jeffrey Eugenides20111114

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

Jeffrey Eugenides is best known for his ethereal first novel, the cult bestseller, Virgin Suicides, which was made into a film by Sophia Coppola.

In 2007 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, Middlesex.

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States, the decline and fall of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan and whether creative writing can be taught.

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111114

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

is best known for his ethereal first novel, the cult bestseller, Virgin Suicides, which was made into a film by Sophia Coppola.

In 2007 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, Middlesex.

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States, the decline and fall of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan and whether creative writing can be taught.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111114

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

is best known for his ethereal first novel, the cult bestseller, Virgin Suicides, which was made into a film by Sophia Coppola.

In 2007 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, Middlesex.

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States, the decline and fall of his hometown of Detroit, Michigan and whether creative writing can be taught.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111115

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111115

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

Jeffrey Eugenides20111115

Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

Joyce Carol Oates20121022

The prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates on how she finds work rewarding

In New York, Razia Iqbal talks to the prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates, about how she finds so much work rewarding.

Oates attributes her enormous output to a love of writing and a Protestant work ethic. She has turned her pen to numerous subjects including professional boxing, Marilyn Monroe, Detroit and a memoir of life after the death of her first husband. All while still working as a full time academic.

Razia Iqbal asks after so much work is it still as rewarding as it has always been?

(Image: Joyce Carol Oates, Credit: Getty Images)

Joyce Carol Oates20121022

The prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates on how she finds work rewarding

In New York, Razia Iqbal talks to the prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates, about how she finds so much work rewarding.

Oates attributes her enormous output to a love of writing and a Protestant work ethic. She has turned her pen to numerous subjects including professional boxing, Marilyn Monroe, Detroit and a memoir of life after the death of her first husband. All while still working as a full time academic.

Razia Iqbal asks after so much work is it still as rewarding as it has always been?

(Image: Joyce Carol Oates, Credit: Getty Images)

Joyce Carol Oates20121022

The prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates on how she finds work rewarding

In New York, Razia Iqbal talks to the prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates, about how she finds so much work rewarding.

Oates attributes her enormous output to a love of writing and a Protestant work ethic. She has turned her pen to numerous subjects including professional boxing, Marilyn Monroe, Detroit and a memoir of life after the death of her first husband. All while still working as a full time academic.

Razia Iqbal asks after so much work is it still as rewarding as it has always been?

(Image: Joyce Carol Oates, Credit: Getty Images)

Jung Chang20140627

Razia Iqbal talks to Jung Chang who, she says, went from concubine to laying the founda...

Razia Iqbal talks to Jung Chang who, she says, went from concubine to laying the foundations of modern China

Jung Chang20140627

Razia Iqbal talks to Jung Chang who, she says, went from concubine to laying the foundations of modern China

Razia Iqbal talks to Jung Chang who, she says, went from concubine to laying the founda...

Justin Cartwright20111205

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Justin Cartwright2011120520111206

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Justin Cartwright2011120520111206

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Justin Cartwright20111206

Razia Iqbal talks to author Justin Cartwright.

Michael Frayn20130527

Gavin Esler meets playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, one of the few British writers...

Gavin Esler meets playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, one of the few British writers to succeed in drama and prose fiction.

Michael Frayn20130527

Gavin Esler meets playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, one of the few British writers.

Gavin Esler meets playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, one of the few British writers to succeed in drama and prose fiction.

Mohsin Hamid20130506

Award-winning Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid on his passion for fiction

In the first of four interviews with authors from around the globe, Talking Books meets Mohsin Hamid, the award-winning Pakistani author. Mohsin Hamid has written three distinctly different novels, which all offer a vision of Pakistani modernity that challenges the prevailing stereotype of the country since 9/11. A former management consultant and Harvard and Princeton graduate, Mohsin tells Razia Iqbal why he is passionate about the role of fiction in culture. Why does he feel so strongly about the relationship between the author and the reader?

Mohsin Hamid20130506

In the first of four interviews with authors from around the globe, Talking Books meets Mohsin Hamid, the award-winning Pakistani author. Mohsin Hamid has written three distinctly different novels, which all offer a vision of Pakistani modernity that challenges the prevailing stereotype of the country since 9/11. A former management consultant and Harvard and Princeton graduate, Mohsin tells Razia Iqbal why he is passionate about the role of fiction in culture. Why does he feel so strongly about the relationship between the author and the reader?

Award-winning Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid on his passion for fiction

On The Road20140328

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal talks to novelist Mohammed Hanif about why...

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal talks to novelist Mohammed Hanif about why he focuses on minorities in Pakistan.

On The Road20140328

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal talks to novelist Mohammed Hanif about why...

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal talks to novelist Mohammed Hanif about why he focuses on minorities in Pakistan.

On The Road20140404

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal asks novelist Kamila Shamsie why she likes...

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal asks novelist Kamila Shamsie why she likes themes of loyalty and belonging.

On the Road20140404

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal asks novelist Kamila Shamsie why she likes...

At the Lahore Literary Festival, Razia Iqbal asks novelist Kamila Shamsie why she likes themes of loyalty and belonging.

Sebastian Barry20170721

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Sebastian Barry discusses his distinguished writing career and latest novel, 'Days Without End', winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2016, at Hay Festival of Literature, 2017.

Teenager Tom McNulty has fled brutal poverty in Ireland for America, later enlisting to fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. This dramatic and lyrical tale has won rave reviews. Barry's fine body of historical fiction has roots in the stories passed down the generations of families in Ireland.

(Photo: Irish author Sebastian Barry poses with his book Days Without End at the 2016 Costa Book Awards. Credit: Niklas Hallen/Getty Images)

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Sebastian Barry20170721

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Sebastian Barry discusses his distinguished writing career and latest novel, 'Days Without End', winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2016, at Hay Festival of Literature, 2017.

Teenager Tom McNulty has fled brutal poverty in Ireland for America, later enlisting to fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. This dramatic and lyrical tale has won rave reviews. Barry's fine body of historical fiction has roots in the stories passed down the generations of families in Ireland.

(Photo: Irish author Sebastian Barry poses with his book Days Without End at the 2016 Costa Book Awards. Credit: Niklas Hallen/Getty Images)

Susan Hill20111031

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

Susan Hill had her first novel published in the UK at the age of 18.

Since then her short stories and novels have won numerous awards, and her ghost story, The Woman in Black is about to be released as a film.

Razia Iqbal talks to her about her writing life and how ghost stories still thrill her readers in the modern age.

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

Susan Hill20111031

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

had her first novel published in the UK at the age of 18.

Since then her short stories and novels have won numerous awards, and her ghost story, The Woman in Black is about to be released as a film.

Razia Iqbal talks to her about her writing life and how ghost stories still thrill her readers in the modern age.

Susan Hill20111031

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

had her first novel published in the UK at the age of 18.

Since then her short stories and novels have won numerous awards, and her ghost story, The Woman in Black is about to be released as a film.

Razia Iqbal talks to her about her writing life and how ghost stories still thrill her readers in the modern age.

Susan Hill20111101

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

Susan Hill20111101

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

Susan Hill20111101

Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

Talking Books2016072220160723 (WS)

Martha Kearney talks to Jamaican-born author Marlon James. James has written three novels to date, John Crew’s Devil, The Book of Night Women and his latest book A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Man Booker prize in 2015. He discusses his work and how in his third he starts with an account of an attempted assassination of Bob Marley intertwining fact and fiction, documenting a violent era of political instability in Jamaican history.

(Photo: Author Marlon James poses with his award at the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 ceremony in London. Credit: Neil Hall/Getty Images)

Jamaican-born author Marlon James on his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings

Talking Books2016072220160723 (WS)

Martha Kearney talks to Jamaican-born author Marlon James. James has written three novels to date, John Crew’s Devil, The Book of Night Women and his latest book A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Man Booker prize in 2015. He discusses his work and how in his third he starts with an account of an attempted assassination of Bob Marley intertwining fact and fiction, documenting a violent era of political instability in Jamaican history.

(Photo: Author Marlon James poses with his award at the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 ceremony in London. Credit: Neil Hall/Getty Images)

Jamaican-born author Marlon James on his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings

Jamaican-born author Marlon James on his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings

Talking Books20160729

George Alagiah speaks to author Tahmima Anam. Born in Bangladesh, and growing up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok, Anam’s first novel , A Golden Age, centred around the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. It went on to win the Best First Book award at the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

Her sequel The Good Muslim, was nominated for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. This book explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. Her latest book the Bones of Grace, is the story of searching - or love, parentage and self.

(Photo: Bangladeshi author Tahmim)a Anam talks at the Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, 2007. Credit: Farjana K Godhuly/AFP/Getty Images

Author Tahmima Anam on her first novel , A Golden Age, about Bangladesh's Liberation war

Talking Books20160729

George Alagiah speaks to author Tahmima Anam. Born in Bangladesh, and growing up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok, Anam’s first novel , A Golden Age, centred around the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. It went on to win the Best First Book award at the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

Her sequel The Good Muslim, was nominated for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. This book explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. Her latest book the Bones of Grace, is the story of searching - or love, parentage and self.

(Photo: Bangladeshi author Tahmim)a Anam talks at the Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, 2007. Credit: Farjana K Godhuly/AFP/Getty Images

Author Tahmima Anam on her first novel , A Golden Age, about Bangladesh's Liberation war

Talking Books20160805

Martha Kearney interviews author Peter Carey, best known for being one of only three authors to win the Man Booker Prize twice. Born in Australia, Carey‘s first novel Bliss was published in 1981. His first Booker Prize winning novel was Oscar and Lucinda bringing him international recognition, along with his second True History of The Kelly Gang. His latest book Amnesia, tells the story of a young, female, Australian computer hacker, and follows a journalist recreating her personality for the media. With echoes of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, the book explores Carey’s issues with privacy and the historical and political relationship between America and Australia.

(Photo: Australian writer Peter Carey, shortlisted for the Man Booker literary prize, poses with his book, Parrot and Olivier in America, 2010. Credit: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

Author Peter Carey on his novels and issues with privacy

Talking Books20160805

Martha Kearney interviews author Peter Carey, best known for being one of only three authors to win the Man Booker Prize twice. Born in Australia, Carey‘s first novel Bliss was published in 1981. His first Booker Prize winning novel was Oscar and Lucinda bringing him international recognition, along with his second True History of The Kelly Gang. His latest book Amnesia, tells the story of a young, female, Australian computer hacker, and follows a journalist recreating her personality for the media. With echoes of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, the book explores Carey’s issues with privacy and the historical and political relationship between America and Australia.

(Photo: Australian writer Peter Carey, shortlisted for the Man Booker literary prize, poses with his book, Parrot and Olivier in America, 2010. Credit: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

Author Peter Carey on his novels and issues with privacy

Talking Books20160812

The author talks about her novels We Need to Talk about Kevin, and The Mandibles

Lionel Shriver is best known for her hard-hitting 2003 novel We Need To Talk About Kevin, a book that is centered around a fictional school massacre. She will be talking about it with George Alagiah.

Her new book The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047 focuses in on three generations of a wealthy family, as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. Although set in the future, Shriver holds up a mirror to the current state of the world and presents a glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon.

Picture: Lionel Shriver, Credit: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images

Talking Books20160812

The author talks about her novels We Need to Talk about Kevin, and The Mandibles

Lionel Shriver is best known for her hard-hitting 2003 novel We Need To Talk About Kevin, a book that is centered around a fictional school massacre. She will be talking about it with George Alagiah.

Her new book The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047 focuses in on three generations of a wealthy family, as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. Although set in the future, Shriver holds up a mirror to the current state of the world and presents a glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon.

Picture: Lionel Shriver, Credit: Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111121

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111121

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111121

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111122
Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111122

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Talking Books: Alaa Al Aswany20111122

Razia Iqbal talks to author Alaa Al Aswany.

Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111128

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111128

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111128

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111129
Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111129

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Talking Books: Nawal Al Saadawi20111129

Razia Iqbal talks to author Nawal Al Saadawi.

Tim Winton20170714
Tim Winton20170714

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Tim Winton20170804

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Rebecca Jones, BBC News arts correspondent, is at Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts to meet Tim Winton, the critically-acclaimed author of novels Dirt Music, Riders and Cloudstreet.

Tim Winton, who once likened writing to surfing, is now publishing two non-fiction titles about his native Australia - Island Home: A Landscape Memoir, is a passionate call for the conservation of its wild spaces. The deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life, shows how moments from Winton's formative years have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment and literature.

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Tim Winton20170804

We talk to authors at the Hay Festival of Literature, looking at what drives their work and at their literary life story.

Rebecca Jones, BBC News arts correspondent, is at Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts to meet Tim Winton, the critically-acclaimed author of novels Dirt Music, Riders and Cloudstreet.

Tim Winton, who once likened writing to surfing, is now publishing two non-fiction titles about his native Australia - Island Home: A Landscape Memoir, is a passionate call for the conservation of its wild spaces. The deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life, shows how moments from Winton's formative years have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment and literature.

Toni Morrison20121008

How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

Toni Morrison2012100820121009 (WS)

How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

In a new series of Talking Books, Razia Iqbal talks to four authors from the United States.

In the first programme she is in Rome, at the American Academy, to meet one of America's most-celebrated authors.

Toni Morrison is the only black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and her books have been described as amongst the most-important in modern America.

Her novels explore the pain and shame of racism in a unique style that mixes speech, magic and poetry, often to tell brutal stories.

For Morrison 'all good art is political.

She backed Obama in the 2008 election and has spoken out against racism and censorship.

Razia Iqbal asks her how much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

(Image: President Barack Obama prsenting the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor to author Toni Morrison. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Toni Morrison2012100820121009 (WS)

How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

In a new series of Talking Books, Razia Iqbal talks to four authors from the United States.

In the first programme she is in Rome, at the American Academy, to meet one of America's most-celebrated authors.

Toni Morrison is the only black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and her books have been described as amongst the most-important in modern America.

Her novels explore the pain and shame of racism in a unique style that mixes speech, magic and poetry, often to tell brutal stories.

For Morrison 'all good art is political.

She backed Obama in the 2008 election and has spoken out against racism and censorship.

Razia Iqbal asks her how much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

(Image: President Barack Obama prsenting the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor to author Toni Morrison. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Toni Morrison2012100820121009 (WS)

In a new series of Talking Books, Razia Iqbal talks to four authors from the United States.

In the first programme she is in Rome, at the American Academy, to meet one of America's most-celebrated authors.

Toni Morrison is the only black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and her books have been described as amongst the most-important in modern America.

Her novels explore the pain and shame of racism in a unique style that mixes speech, magic and poetry, often to tell brutal stories.

For Morrison 'all good art is political.

She backed Obama in the 2008 election and has spoken out against racism and censorship.

Razia Iqbal asks her how much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

(Image: President Barack Obama prsenting the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor to author Toni Morrison. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?